Aloysius Ssendawula

Candidate
Studying:
Theology
Preparing for: Priesthood
Hometown: Masaka, Uganda - See more at: http://admin.epagecity.com/site/epage/159787_919.htm#sthash.tN1UkCKx.dpufCandidate
Studying: Theology
Preparing for: Priesthood
Hometown: Masaka, Uganda - See more at: http://admin.epagecity.com/site/epage/159787_919.htm#sthash.tN1UkCKx.dpuf
Candidate
Studying:
Theology
Preparing for: Priesthood
Hometown: Masaka, Uganda - See more at: http://admin.epagecity.com/site/epage/159787_919.htm#sthash.tN1UkCKx.dpufCandidate
Studying: Theology
Preparing for: Priesthood
Hometown: Masaka, Uganda - See more at: http://admin.epagecity.com/site/epage/159787_919.htm#sthash.tN1UkCKx.dpuf

After completing his first year of theology studies at St. Meinrad (Ind.) Seminary in May 2016, 29-year-old priesthood candidate Aloysius Ssendawula was accepted into the new Glenmary novitiate class along with Jose Carlos Miguel Lopez, Samuel Mungai and Kenneth Wandera. They comprise the largest novice group in recent Glenmary history.

The novitiate is a one-year program beginning July 1, 2016, potentially leading up to the four students’ profession of their First Glenmary Oaths—at which time they would become members of Glenmary.

In May 2016, Aloysius was also installed in the Ministry of Lector at the seminary. 

 

Before coming to the United States in the summer of 2015 to enter Glenmary formation, Aloysius was born in Masaka, Uganda, and spent most of his early life in city settings in Uganda. He and his seven siblings are the children of Lawrence and Catherine Mary Entebbe. “I have had a supportive family since my childhood,” says Aloysius. “My parents nurtured me very well and facilitated my education. And they gave me a very strong foundation in the Catholic faith. Also, my siblings are my friends, and they have encouraged me to continue with my priesthood pursuit and constantly pray for me to achieve my goal. Everybody at home is excited to see me go to the seminary. I am seeing my dream come true in the next few years.”

In addition, Aloysius says that his parish priest has been a very significant influence in his desire to be a priest. “He has encouraged me and given me spiritual direction as well as moral support. He is my role model because of his humility. It has been his joy to hear I was accepted by Glenmary. He, my family, and Sister Kevin have all played very important roles in my faith journey.”

As a child, Aloysius was very active in his parish as a server, singer, frequent—often daily—participant in Mass, and participant in weekly evening adoration and group rosary. 

He attended Catholic elementary school before moving on to high school, and then earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy with honors at Uganda Martyrs University. He also took courses that prepared him for his early career in the banking sector.

Throughout his business career, he was also very active in the Masak Corporate Network, a charitable organization founded to help community members. “I championed programs of providing basic necessities for poor families; cleaning wells; cleaning homes; organizing sports days; coordinating fundraisers to assist HIV/AIDS victims, people with disabilities, prisoners, and people affected by maternal/childbirth issues; and other causes,” he says.

“God has created every person and loves us equally and unconditionally. I have always been challenged to…be a good steward of what has been entrusted to me and serve others well.”

He worked for the DFCU (Development Finance Company of Uganda) Bank for five years, being promoted six times while rising from a direct sales representative to a branch manager.

In his free time, Aloysius says, he loves swimming, playing the guitar, listening to music and more.  

He has felt a call to a religious vocation since he was a boy. “It’s out of great love and burning desire that I have decided to devote the rest of my life to the service of the Lord. I have always been searching for the best society or order in which to serve my God wholeheartedly, and I got a chance to discern with Glenmary. I was very drawn to their home mission ministry and their dedicated service to people in need, and I decided Glenmary was the best place for me.”

He was finally accepted by Glenmary as a student, left his country for the first time, and came to the United States in the summer of 2015 to pursue Glenmary priesthood. He began residing with fellow Glenmary students at Glenmary's House of Studies in St. Meinrad, Ind., and started his seminary studies that fall.

He says it was a challenge to return to academics and theology studies after five years in the business workplace, but he has made the adjustment and is very hopeful about the future, confident that God has a plan for him, and thankful for his blessings. “As St. Aloysius Gonzaga, my patron saint, once said, ‘I was born for greater things.’”